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A unit of a European air command, as in France during World War I, typically containing ten or more aircraft.
[French, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra, squadron, from escuadrar, to square off, from Vulgar Latin *exquadrāre; see square.]
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escadrille(ˌɛskəˈdrɪl; French ɛskadrij)
1. (Aeronautics) a French squadron of aircraft, esp in World War I
2. (Nautical Terms) a small squadron of ships
[from French: flotilla, from Spanish escuadrilla, from escuadra squadron]
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es•ca•drille(ˌɛs kəˈdrɪl, -ˈdri, ˈɛs kəˌdrɪl, -ˌdri)
a squadron or divisional unit of airplanes.
[1910–15; < French: flotilla, Middle French < Sp escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra squadron]
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Escadrillea squadron of war vessels, usually eight in number—Webster.
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|Noun||1.||escadrille - a small squadron|
squadron - a naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task
|2.||escadrille - an air force squadron typically containing six airplanes (as in France during World War I)|
squadron - an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group
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